MUH Tavi Program
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Macquarie University Hospital was the first private hospital in New South Wales to
conduct Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation, or TAVI, and the first in the
southern hemisphere to offer a full TAVI program to support patients undergoing
Today, the Hospital’s TAVI program remains a robust and comprehensive diagnostic,
surgical and recovery service, with the team getting outstanding long-term results.
The minimally invasive TAVI procedure is of particular benefit in treating aortic valve
disease in the elderly and other high-risk populations for whom conventional surgery
is not an option. To be fully effective, TAVI requires a multidisciplinary and cohesive
heart team to be in place.
Macquarie University Hospital offers the procedure to suitable patients through its
Heart Care Centre. The centre has a large team of diagnostic cardiologists,
interventional cardiologists and cardio thoracic surgeons who, as a diverse group of
heart specialists, work collaboratively to determine the best treatment for each
The TAVI surgical team has access to the advanced imaging capabilities at Macquarie
Medical Imaging, and to Macquarie University Hospital’s state-of-the-art Hybrid
Theatre, where surgeons can conduct both traditional and minimally invasive
The TAVI Clinic:
Currently, Macquarie University Hospital has the only TAVI Clinic in Australia. The
Clinic brings together all TAVI specialists under the one roof. Patients are assessed at
the same time by a range of specialists, saving time and reducing stress for elderly or
very sick patients.
Importantly, in addition to being reviewed by a Clinical Nurse Manager, each patient
is seen by both a cardiologist and cardiothoracic surgeon, receiving a balanced view
of their case and the best possible treatment options.
Geriatricians, physiotherapists, intensive care specialists, anaesthetists and other
support staff also become part of a patient’s multidisciplinary team once they
proceed to surgery. All services are available to our patients in the single Hospital
location, making the experience as convenient and seamless as possible.
Macquarie University Hospital’s TAVI Program Features:
- First comprehensive TAVI program in the Southern Hemisphere
- Multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach allowing comprehensive review and
- One of the most experienced structural heart teams, having done more than
300 TAVI procedures to date
- Hybrid Operating Suite for both traditional and minimally invasive procedures
- Ability to perform unique combinations of procedures tailored to an
individual patient’s condition
- Outstanding results, with 93 per cent of TAVI patients alive and independent
after 12 months
- Outstanding ICU and other post-surgery support services.